Subj: Specific follow up on threat to Civil Liberties! (HR 2975 and S 1510)
Date: 10/10/01 12:10:07 PM Pacific Daylight Time

Dear Friends,
This will hopefully be the last need for sending such a message, but it is a response to so many of you asking me the specifics of the bills being put through Congress, which will potential restrict our civil liberties in powerful ways.

If you are concerned now about civil liberties, these are the bills that Congress is attempting to rush through. We could live with their effects forever if we are not careful. So educate yourself and take the time to correspond with your senators and congressmen.
The vote on this stuff is happening very quickly, so take time to speak now.  For instance, they wanted to vote on these issues last night (Tuesday),  but only one senator held them up. The bill labelled HR 2975 is in the House, the bill labelled S 1510 is in the Senate.

I would suggest that you first READ the article at the bottom of this email.  However, if you want to see the specifics of the bills, go to website: and follow the instructions for reading the text (search by bill number - include the HR and S before the numbers.)

To contact your Congresspeople, go to website:
(This has an email facility so you can then correspond with them).
And if you have not had the time to read the Monthly Weather Report, this is vital information to becoming educated - so that you can become a part of the healing response, not the fear.  As we move forward into this time of initiation and challenge (which will bring us into an unprecedented time of healing - if we respond and stand in our loving truth), it is vital that we hold the resonance of love.

Ron Baker

Senator Blocks Terror Bill Over Civil Liberties

.c The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (Oct. 10) - The Bush administration's anti-terrorism legislation has stalled because of one senator's concern that it will erode civil liberties.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., tried to hurry the bill through Tuesday, but Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., refused Daschle's request to let the bill go through without debate or amendment.

``I can't quite understand why we can't have just a few hours of debate,'' said Feingold, who wants the chance to limit some of the police powers in the Senate legislation.

The House and Senate last week came up with anti-terrorism bills based on an outline offered by Attorney General John Ashcroft, who has been urging Congress to quickly pass the bill.

When Senate negotiations on an airline security bill stalled, Daschle asked senators to unanimously agree to move on to the anti-terrorism bill.

Under Daschle's plan, the Senate would have voted on final passage of the bill Tuesday evening and senators would not have been allowed to offer amendments. But Feingold refused to go along, saying he wanted to add four important amendments to limit some of the bill's police powers.

Feingold's amendments would:

Eliminate a provision in the bill that would allow police to secretly search suspects' homes.

Narrow a provision that allows federal officials to wiretap telephones.

Keep the FBI from being able to access Americans' personal records.

Clarify the federal government's ability to wiretap computers.

``It is crucial that civil liberties in this country be preserved,'' Feingold said. ``Otherwise the terrorists will win the battle against American values without firing another shot.''

The anti-terrorism bill now will have to wait until senators finish the aviation bill, which worries some senators. ``There is a danger that the aviation bill will tangle up the rest of this week, and we won't be able to get to it until next week,'' said Senate Republican Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss.

The House, meanwhile, is expected to move on an anti-terrorism bill before the end of the week. However, House aides say administration officials are pressuring House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., to take the Senate bill instead of the bill approved by the House Judiciary Committee.

The Bush administration prefers the Senate bill to the House bill, which eliminates most of the bill's police power in 2004. The House bill also does not have anti-money-laundering provisions requested by the White House.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said that regardless of what's in either bill, it will be changed in negotiations between the House and Senate. The House-Senate conference committee bill ``will be the final package,'' Leahy said.

The bill numbers are H.R. 2975 and S. 1510.